Next Program: Fall 2019
Have you been dreaming about giving a TEDx Talk?
Do you feel overwhelmed every time you think about giving a TEDx talk because you don’t know where to start?
Do you fear that you’ll keep spinning your wheels — telling yourself you’re not ready yet, the timing “isn’t right”, and that you may not even be worthy of the TEDx stage? Meanwhile, you’re watching everyone else get up on stage, give their talk and catapult their career?
Do you wish someone would take you by the hand and walk you through the entire process of getting clear on your idea, writing your talk, and getting you up on the TEDx stage?
If so, then you may be an ideal candidate for my Women on the TEDx Stage online program.
We are building a diverse community of 50 female changemakers who are 100% dedicated to amplifying their voice, growing their influence and giving the TEDx talk of their life. Are you in?
Imagine using your voice to raise awareness about an issue, idea or project that could change people’s lives.
Imagine standing on stage with confidence, captivating your audience, and inspiring them with what you care about most.
Imagine having more influence and authority in your field of expertise, launching the next chapter of your career, and moving the world forward through your leadership.
One of my superpowers is helping women changemakers like you gain clarity, direction and focus to move from just dreaming about giving a TEDx Talk, to ACTUALLY DOING IT.
About My TEDx Journey
It was a dream of mine for many years to speak on a TEDx stage. But it was one of those “back-of-the-mind” dreams. A lingering goal. I wanted it, but I wasn’t necessarily taking action on it. Whenever I got close to a TEDx opportunity, I’d always stall, make excuses, and I’d tell myself that I wasn’t ready. I’d say the “timing isn’t right.” And then I’d question whether I even had the chops to do this. Self-doubt. Overwhelm. Frustration. Repeat.
This is what would happen. Over and over. I was playing small, and this was painful.
Like you, I knew I had an important message inside of me that could contribute to other people’s lives, and ultimately the betterment of society. I knew that in order to really make the impact I was here to make, I needed to stop playing small and step up my visibility as a public speaker and expert in my field.
After years (and I do mean years) of procrastination, I finally made the decision to stop playing small and be more visible as a leader and changemaker. And guess what?
A TEDx opportunity came to me. And, most importantly, I followed through on it.
In 2015, I gave my TEDx talk on what I saw as the missing link to advancing women in leadership. I spoke amongst the former CEO of Apple, the CEO of the Mayo Clinic, a science professor from MIT, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, a neuroscientist, a leader in cancer immunology research, a former governor of New Jersey, and other influencers.
Speaking on the TEDx stage was a dream come true. I was finally standing on that stage sharing the message that I felt born to share. It opened the door to many wonderful opportunities and helped catapult my career to the next level, including more paid speaking gigs, media opportunities, increased book sales, thought leader status, invitations to influencer events, a new high-level professional community, and significant growth in my business, to name a few.
The bottom line is:
- I understand what you’re going through.
- I know how to get you to the other side.
What Exactly Is Women on the TEDx Stage?
The program was born because I found out there is a glaring gender disparity on both TED and TEDx stages.
At the time of giving my talk, according to one TED producer, only about 20 percent of the short-listed TEDx talks that came to her for consideration on TED.com, were by women. Even worse, only 15 percent of the recommendations that came in for speaking at main stage TED were women. This means that less than 20 percent of women’s ideas were being heard on this influential platform, and 80 percent of men’s ideas were being heard!
TED is about “ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world”… but my findings didn’t reflect this.
I began to see that a woman simply stepping onto the TED or TEDx stage as a speaker was an “idea worth spreading.” So, I created a curriculum to get more women onto TEDx Stages.
Women on the TEDx Stage is a 6-week program for female changemakers to move from “just dreaming about” giving a TEDx talk, to actually giving one. The program focuses on 5 key elements.
- Clarity on your “idea worth spreading”
- Storytelling/How to Tell Your Story/Breaking Through Visibility Issues
- Writing a Captivating and Persuasive Talk
- Getting Selected as a TEDx Speaker
- Mastering Your Delivery & Enjoying Yourself On Stage
Here are some of the results you can expect from Women on the TEDx Stage:
- Get absolutely clear on your “idea worth spreading”
- Learn the art and science of persuasive storytelling
- Write a captivating talk for the TED/TEDx stage
- Break through any visibility issues that might be holding you back
- Gain more confidence in yourself as a public speaker
- Receive tools to master your delivery and ace it on stage
- Learn how to get selected as a TEDx Speaker
In addition to this, you’ll also be immersed in a sisterhood community of changemakers who will support you, cheer you on, keep you accountable and grow with you in this course, and beyond.
Who This is For:
I am looking for women who are highly committed to their personal growth and professional development. This is not a program for women who want to play small. My intention is to build a diverse sisterhood of women across industries, including women in media & entertainment, art, design, business, entrepreneurship, education, law and public policy, human rights, technology, science, environment, health & wellness, social sciences, adventure and more.
You’re an ideal candidate if you meet the following criteria:
- You’re 100% dedicated to amplifying your voice, expanding your influence and advancing in your leadership and career
- You care deeply about gender equality, racial equality and expanding opportunities for women and girls
- You have a new approach to a long-standing problem; a fresh project; or an inspiring and innovative idea to move the world forward
- You have a personal story to tell from which you can draw an idea or lesson that could benefit the lives of others
- You are tired of playing small and have an inner voice telling you it’s time to expand your visibility and influence and speak from a larger stage
What a TEDx Talk Can Do For You:
Giving a TEDx Talk is an incredible vehicle for female thought leaders and emerging leaders who are discontent with the status quo to spread their ideas, grow their influence, and change the way people see the world. TEDx Talks can launch movements, offer a new approach to a long-standing problem, and shift the public conversation toward new ways of thinking and doing things to better everyone’s lives. It can also be the launch pad to the next chapter in your career.
Past Speakers Have Received:
- book deals
- media opportunities to continually grow their influence
- invitations to speak at influential conferences and other prominent events
- paid speaking opportunities
- growth in their client base
- new job opportunities
- recognition as an expert in their field
- personal growth and professional satisfaction
It’s time to change the glaring gender disparity on TED and TEDx stages. This isn’t just about numbers. It’s about the perspective from which our cultural conversation emerges. This conversation influences not only our attitudes, but our laws, public policy, and resource distribution. – Tabby
The When and Where:
DATES: June 4th – July 16th (no class July 2nd)
Tuesday, June 4th, 10am PT/1pm ET
Tuesday, June 11th, 10am PT/1pm ET
Tuesday, June 18th, 10am PT/1pm ET
Tuesday, June 25th, 10am PT/1pm ET
Tuesday, July 9th, 10am PT/1pm ET
Tuesday, July 16th, 10am PT/1pm ET
We will meet online on the platform ZOOM. Classes are 75 minutes. The first 55 minutes of each class will be focused on the Women on the TEDx Stage curriculum, and the last 20 minutes will be reserved for Q & A and coaching support. Classes can be attended from anywhere in the world.
The classes will be recorded and all participants will receive an mp3 recording after each class.
I will teach you what you need to know to write a compelling and persuasive TEDx talk, guide you through the process of writing your talk, support you to break through any visibility issues that might be holding you back, and provide you with the tools you need to get selected as a TEDx speaker.
There will be homework assignments in between classes to break down the writing process and speaker nomination/application process into manageable chunks. You’ll need 1-2 hours per week for your homework. Depending on your process, there may be some weeks you want more time.
If you miss a class due to work, family matters, travel, etc., you will be provided with an mp3 recording of each class. With this said, to get the most out of the course, it is recommended to not miss more than one class.
We will have a Secret Facebook group as a home base where you can converse with classmates in between classes, offer support and receive support.
In addition to the support of the large group, you will also be assigned a smaller Soul Sister Support/Accountability Group of 3-4 women to keep you accountable, cheer you on, offer feedback and encourage you in your writing, nomination and application process during the course, and beyond.
There will be a reflection/intake process before each class to assess your progress and where you need the greatest support. There will be sensitivity to each woman’s personal process as you move through any emotional blocks that come up as you prepare for your talk. I will tenderly and firmly support you throughout the whole process.
If selected for the program, the course tuition is $500. This is non-refundable. I am looking for women who are committed to investing in themselves, their leadership and their future impact.
The Nomination Process:
Nominations are open from May 1st through May 15th, 2019. Please note: There are only 50 spots in the program. Priority will be given to early nominees and applicants.
You may self-nominate or nominate someone else. There is no fee to nominate someone. However, if selected, there is a $500 tuition fee to participate in the program. All selected participants will be notified by May 17th, 2019.
Hear what women are saying:
“Tabby walked me through an important transformation. One that was required for me to truly impact the world in the way I am able to. She helped me to formulate a topic for my TEDx talk that is relevant to the world, and that also aligns with the way I want to shift world economy. Without her, I am not sure I would have gotten as specific, nor would I have pushed myself in the direction that my talk went. Her constant revisions, feedback, and the space she held for this was top-notch. I am beyond grateful for her attention to detail, and her devotion to facilitating the voice of women on national and international platforms. The TEDx course provided all the pieces for me to bring forth My Idea Worth Spreading.”
– Asha Ramakrishna, Molecular Biologist, Business Mentor, Author of The Priestess Code
“This course has been deeply healing and has helped me remember who I AM. I now feel confident in putting myself out on a larger world stage. When the course started, I was excited, but then started to get cold-feet – and thought, ‘What the hell am I doing? I don’t need to give a TEDx talk – really, I don’t. It’ll be too much to take on and I just don’t have the energy.’ But I committed wholeheartedly and trusted Tabby to take me on the journey. I’m so glad I did because the inner growth I experienced has been life-changing! I traversed light years with Tabby’s support and encouragement. Hiding is no longer acceptable – and I feel empowered to speak using “my voice.” I now know my voice matters and feel confident I can present on a TEDx stage. I also felt empowered to take action in other areas where I’d been stalling for years. The class was incredibly rich with content, and Tabby’s love and wholehearted support were ever-present. I feel fantastic and now trust and know I am on my way to taking my rightful place in the world. Thank you for all you do to empower me and other women, Tabby. You are a gift of inestimable value to me and the world.”
– Natalie Venturi, Actor, Founder of Your Perfect Role
“Tabby helped me immensely to find my voice. What an inspiration to work with her! Before beginning our work together, I didn’t feel confident in writing my TEDx talk. It felt daunting and like I needed a road map that I didn’t have. As Tabby and I worked together, I started feeling more confidence in my storytelling, and eventually I was able to discover those authentic parts of myself that needed to be brought into the light. I also discovered there is a pace and rhythm to storytelling and delivering a compelling talk. Tabby’s soulful guidance and focus is felt deeply. I now feel a deeper sense of confidence in my abilities to write and tell my story. I feel empowered in my femaleness and that my idea is important and valuable to the world!”
– Julia Huffman, Filmmaker and Director, Medicine of the Wolf
“Tabby is such a nurturing and loving presence. Without her belief in me, her trust in her own inner-guidance to take a chance on me, there is no way I would be standing in my strength and my message today. Before starting the course, I was struggling with organizing my thoughts in a sequential, organized way and also struggling with limiting beliefs and fears that my message wasn’t strong enough, good enough or valuable enough for the TEDx stage. During the course, I received so much valuable support and inspiration from the sisterhood and Tabby. The feedback and positive comments often dispelled the fears and negative self-talk throughout this process. I began to trust in my direction to help immigrant/refugee/transnational women to have a more visible role in our society and in leadership. Most notably, I grew much more confident. The course helped me think bigger, helped affirm that I am on the right track and that I can continue to raise the intensity of my voice with this message for the world. I have a talk ready to go now, and am so utterly grateful for all of the support, guidance and advice I received. The results of this course will help me for years to come. Thank you Tabby for your generous heart and for your trust in me. You are a gift to this world.”
– Sonali Fiske, Leadership Coach & Mentor to Immigrant/Transnational/Refugee Women
Q: How do I nominate a woman to participate?
A: The nomination process is simple and should take you no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. Click here to nominate a woman (or more than one). We are looking for women across industries, from seasoned professionals to buzz-worthy newcomers. We encourage you to nominate as many qualified women as you’d like. We ask that you let each woman know she’s been nominated, and we will follow up with her to complete a nominee application.
Q: Can I nominate myself?
A: Yes, absolutely. We encourage this. Click here to do that.
Q: Can I still participate if I can’t make all of the program dates?
A: Participation in the full program will ensure the most success for you. That said, we understand that things happen and we all have busy lives. If you need to miss a class due to a schedule conflict with work, family matters, travel, etc., that’s fine. You can still participate in the program. You will be provided with an mp3 recording after each class so that you can catch up and stay on pace with the rest of the group.
Q: What’s included in the program?
A: The course runs from June 4th – July 16th (no class July 2). Here is what’s included:
– 6, LIVE 75-minute classes with Tabby (see curriculum below)
– Laser coaching and Q & A during class time
– Receive an mp3 recording of each class (in case you miss a class)
– Accountability to stay on track, motivated and inspired
– Weekly assignments to break down the writing process and nomination/application process into manageable chunks
– Reflection/intake process before each class to assess each participant’s progress and where they need the greatest support
– A soul sister support/accountability group of 3-4 women to keep participants accountable, cheer them on, offer them feedback
– Private FB group for ongoing support and sisterhood
The curriculum includes the following weekly lessons:
- Week 1: Your Idea Worth Spreading/Defining Your Story
- Week 2: Taking Your Audience on a Journey/Writing Your First Draft
- Week 3: Making Your Talk More Impactful/The Revision Process
- Week 4: Secrets to a Successful TEDx pitch/Your TEDx Applications & TED Nomination
- Implementation Week
- Week 5: Embodying Your Talk/Breaking Through Visibility Issues/Mastering Your Delivery
- Week 6: Final Touches on Your Talk/Leading from the Stage
Q: What is the fee to participate in the program?
A: The investment for this 6-week course is $500. The tuition fee is non-refundable.
Q: Are there any scholarships being offered?
A: We understand that the program fee is not within every participant’s budget. For this reason, Women on the TEDx Stage will be awarding a limited number of scholarships to deserving women within this prestigious group of female changemakers. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the following scholarship application by May 12th. All selected participants will be notified by May 17th, 2019.
Q: Will Tabby review each participant’s script?
A: During the course, Tabby will take you through a step-by-step process to write your talk. If you would like Tabby to provide a one-on-one Editorial Review of your script, there is a VIP option that includes an Editorial Review & a 50-minute Private Consult with Tabby. The VIP investment is $995. (This includes the $500 course tuition, Editorial Review + Private Consult.)
Q: Does participating in this course guarantee a spot as a TEDx speaker?
A: Participating in this course will accelerate the participant’s path to the TEDx stage, however it does not guarantee a spot. It is up to each TEDx organizer to determine their final selection of speakers.
Q: Why is this course called “Women on the TEDx Stage” and not “Women on the TED Stage”?
A: Tabby initially launched this course with the goal of getting more women onto TEDx stages, as she saw many opportunities there. Main stage TED events happen just 3x a year (TED, TEDGlobal, TEDWomen). TEDx events, on the other hand, are happening at a much more frequent rate, every day, all over the world. While the focus of this course is getting more women onto TEDx stages, participants will also complete the course with a TED nomination. Tabby encourages women to pursue both TED and TEDx events, keeping in mind that main stage TED opportunities are more limited.
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Ready to Go?
Women on the TEDx Stage is fun, motivating, and IT WORKS.
According to the latest studies, when more women are leaders, communities and organizations are more productive, profitable, innovative and successful. When more women are leaders, we change society’s view of what leaders look like, how they operate, and how they respond to social, economic and political needs. When more women are leaders, we raise the aspirations of women and girls around the world.
The world is waiting…
Please Note: This program is not affiliated with TED. It is an independent program.